Ice Cream Social & Gummy Bears

To me, this was the perfect day and set up for a back-to-school ice-cream social. Our kids are spoiled having these awesome moms who put together such a fun and delicious event. I wanted to thank them but not with the usual flowers or wine. And I wanted to actually make something, a DIY gift.…

12 Things to ❤️ at Mourad

Housed in one of my favorite downtown buildings, resides the beautiful Mourad. Aside from wanting to try Chef Lahlou's new Moroccan recipes, I also wanted to check out the interior. The images from magazines and through the windows always looked swoon-worthy. Martin and I, along with the best dining partners, reveled in an evening of…

Minnie & Emma Clicquot by Mail

Minnie & Emma and Veuve Clicquot

Just in time to spruce up your holiday packaging, Veuve Clicquot has teamed up with Minnie & Emma to create a super-chic limited-edition entertaining collection. It's the ultimate personalized gift for your favorite bubble-loving hostess... or you. From notecards to coasters, you'll find that trademark color a perfect compliment to the festive season. Here are my personal picks,…

Commonwealth: Tasting Menu

While the kids were away at the school's annual camping trip, Martin and I (plus Conny and Joe) treated ourselves to a leisurely dinner at Commonwealth. You can always find good food in San Francisco. The only problem is that I can never keep up. If you keep a running record of must-visit restaurants, put…

Favorite Tastes of 2013

May 2014 be filled with love, laughter, and good food. Happy New Year! Top: fig and arugula pizza, sardines, duck rillette Center: birthday wine & French 75, getting ready for New Year's Eve, our mincemeat pies Bottom: Sue's pavlova, our fig jam on goat cheese, early girl tomatoes

Colorblock Tuesday

I like collecting tea glasses and similar small glasses that, oddly enough, are never used for tea. At our house, you'll often find a cocktail in one on a weekend evening or wine on a lazy afternoon. It's an easy way to dress-up even the simplest of drinks as well as a table. As I…

Porchetta & Friends

Getting back to the porchetta dinner, here it is (or was) in all its glory. Honestly, I can still smell it. The porchetta was from our friend's butchery course; the meat was stuffed with garlic, fennel, rosemary, and other herbs and marinated for a few weeks in their home. The porchetta was epic. The pork…